Notary Bulletin Hotline Tip: How To Take A Thumbprint By NNA Staff on August 11, 2011 in Hotline Tips While only two states — California and Illinois — require Notaries to record signers’ thumbprints for certain transactions, the NNA recommends that Notaries obtain a thumbprint from every signer because of its value in deterring fraud and providing evidence to law enforcement. Have your signer touch a standard inking device with his or her right thumb and then touch the journal page to leave a print. Imprinting the right thumb is standard practice for law enforcement use, and as a biometric identifier in official IDs, such as driver’s licenses. If your journal does not include a specific space for a thumbprint, then use the space indicated for “Additional Information,” provided that the thumbprint does not cross any intersecting lines or cover preprinted words. Email Share Leave a Comment Required * Name * Email *(for verfication purposes only) Comment * Enter the text shown in this image *(text is case sensitive)All comments are reviewed and if approved, will display.